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The Warmongers Miscalculated

The people inside the White House believe they can sell us what we don’t want to buy, but sometimes they miscalculate.

By David Swanson / Let’s Try Democracy

Video from the White House on Saturday:

Video from webinar on Saturday here.

The people inside the White House sometimes believe they can sell us what we don’t want to buy. They’ve got a recipe for mixing up irresistible poisons. They do polling. They test out phrases on focus groups. They turn entire foreign governments into a single person and that person into Adolf Hitler. They say defense, democracy, and appeasement a lot. They re-stage group photos bravely screening the murder of distant enemies.

But sometimes they miscalculate. Sometimes it’s the cumulative result of decades of spin from numerous administrations, when even a good corporate reporter who wants to believe everything just can’t stomach any longer the recycled lies that he’s fallen for too many times before.

And so, they tell us that Russia’s going to start a war in Nazi fashion, with a false flag excuse — albeit against a U.S.-backed coup government with Nazi elements. And they tell us Russia did this 8 years ago and there was no coup. And everyone accepts that, of course. I mean, who can remember anything from 8 years ago? We merely have recordings of them plotting the coup and photos of them handing out pastries to the protesters.

Have they ever once brought you any pastries?

But they seem to have misjudged their own approved journalists in claiming that Russia is about to act, because one of them — like Oliver Twist in the orphanage humbly asking for a bit of food — actually spoke up and said “Sir, could we have just the slightest bit of evidence for your claims please?” And the very concept of evidence seemed incomprehensible to them. And that seemed odd, even to people who believe Trump is Putin’s slave and NATO is a charitable philanthropy.

What if they’re wrong about more than the ability to sail through without evidence? What if people aren’t impressed by the photos of arm-chair killers watching families blown up? What if they’re wrong, not about the U.S. public wanting war with Russia. They know the U.S. public doesn’t want war with Russia — at least not a war in which any people deemed to matter (that is U.S. people) die.

But what if they’re also wrong that we want or will tolerate the reckless macho blustering and threatening that risks a war — a war that risks a nuclear war — a nuclear war that risks ending all life on Earth? What if they only consulted the same geniuses who told them to value the filibuster and bipartisan harmony over the lives of struggling people?

What if we agree with them on the need to stand up strong and stop appeasing evil forces, but understand the evil forces that most need resistance not to be based in Moscow, but rather to be running Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, and toiling away in the U.S. government, dealing weapons around the globe, pushing for more and more bases and missiles, and insisting on the Eurasia Pivot away from small time terrorists to demonizable governments that are better for business.

We need a Department for defense against the war mongers. In its absence we’ll have to do the job ourselves.


A little NATO music from Ben Grosscup:

David Swanson

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.


  1. Yes, they do lie their way into wars historically. How do you think the US got Calif. from Mexico. Interesting history we have, when it is truthfully told. See “The True History of the United States” by Daniel Sjursen

  2. It may be too late. Russia is fed up with the hatred, the violence, the lies, the pretense that it is Russia which is the warmonger. Try to understand the joint Russia-China statement from 4 February (go to ” the saker “website for the simplified version the Westerners need) where the plan is cooperation NOT blame and attacks, and realize that the USA’s ridiculous pretensions are no longer acceptable.
    Thanks to David, one of the few sane voices.

  3. War is to the nation what murder is to the individual. Neither the entity nor the being gets to this point sans serious moral degradation – hate, aggression, callousness, cupidity and hubris / conceit unto God-playing. And blindness.

    Seems as though all these destructive traits have reached critical mass – within and without the Beltway. The taste for blood is gone gluttonous. It’s been building (and been pushed) for quite some time. It’s constitutional, as though in our DNA.

    And as always, the lie is there to lend its full support.
    They had to torch the village to save it. They’re ready to torch the country to save it… but the country liable to get fried may well be their own.

  4. A great column, David, in my opinion the American swamp and it’s war machine are the greatest threat to a peaceful and stable planet. They have been detrimental to world peace since the 2nd world war. Would be so nice if we could rid ourselves of them

  5. Great article and great song! The truth doesn’t come any clearer! Thank you for this, Peace!

  6. When he ran for president, congressman Dennis Kucinich proposed a Department of Peace. Wouldn’t that be nice! I guess it’s too sane for civilized people, especially for people in the U.S.

  7. Well said, but is it even possible to get through to the party loyalists today?

  8. What we need is a way to counter the massive campaign of distraction and misinformation run by the unofficial ministry of culture. With their weapons of mass distraction, they excell at dividing us against one another along lines of race, religion, and class in order to manipulate us.

    There is an enormous amount of jealousy, pride, prejudice, greed, stupidity, and, worst of all, a thirst for vengeance abroad in the land today. Much of it is in the air, that is, in what were once known as the public airways.

    Did anyone take offense last week when Dick Wolf’s fictional FBI agents busted up a major fictional heroin and fentanyl smuggling ring that funneled the drugs through fictional Catholic convents where fictional nuns in habits packed the dope into statuettes of the Virgin? FBI Most Wanted, S3, E12 “El Pincho”

    Now why would Wolf, reported net worth $550 million, feel the need to smear the Catholic church as a front for heroin smuggling in a prime-time television series that glamorizes and glorifies guns and gun violence for profit while presenting itself to millions of American viewers as the face and voice of the FBI? Does Wolf, or CBS, have an issue with the Catholic church? With a Catholic president? With the FBI?

    When did bald-faced anti-Catholic bigotry become suitable prime time TV entertainment fare?

    “When television is good, nothing—not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers—nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse.” –Newton Minnow

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